Sydney, Sep 21(ANI): Australian coach Mickey Arthur is contemplating playing an extra batsman during their Twenty20 World Cup match against West Indies on Saturday, which would give them an opportunity to play aggressively in the middle overs against spinner Sunil Narine, even if they lose a couple of wickets by the time he comes into the attack.
Arthur is keen for his side to bat deep, and is banking on having lots of wickets in hand in the middle overs to enable his batsmen to take risks against Narine.
Australia's struggles against Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal, who took six wickets at an average of 8.67 in the three-game series in Dubai earlier this month, have underlined to Arthur the need to have batsmen in the shed.
Arthur is also heartened by off spinner Narine's failure to take a wicket against Australia in the two-game T20 series in the West Indies in March.
"It's really tough for the new batter to start against that but if you're in there is the possibility to put him under some pressure. We made some progress against him in the West Indies. He's always going to be a factor, like Ajmal and Ajantha Mendis for Sri Lanka," News.com.au quoted Arthur, as saying.
"If we can put him under just a little bit of pressure and that's something we haven't been able to do with the spinners, we've always been a couple of wickets down. You're always able to tell the ilk of a bowler when he is under pressure," he added. (ANI)